Tom: I know that Tuesday is my sister Tama-Chan's day, but she said I could have it so I could post about my vet visit, and she would do an update later this week. She is a very sweet and loving sister.
So, off we went to Dr. C's and it didn't take her long to see what the problem was. I have the beginnings of a cruciate ligament injury on my hind left knee. The ligament is not torn and the damage at this stage seems fairly minimal, but Dr. C said that if we don't handle the problem properly now, it could lead to big trouble later. So... I am on anti-inflammatories (Rymadyl) for the next month, possibly a little longer. And... SOB!!!!!!!!... complete rest for two weeks! I am absolutely not allowed to play! No Frisbee, no tennis ball, NOTHING!!!! Poor #1 is desperately scratching her head to try and figure out how to keep us both sane. I can go on walks (on a lead), even trot about, but nothing that might further damage the ligament.
As for how it happened, we don't really know but there are a couple of possible causes. It is something that is seen in dogs that do extreme sports, so I may have hurt myslf catching the Frisbee or tennis ball. It can also be caused by impact, and little Fernant does have a habit of barrelling into me and often grabbing my leg between his jaws as I am running. Needless to say, the neighbours have been asked to keep him away from for the next little while.
I have also lost almost two kilos since I was last weighed, so my rations have been increased. As you can imagine, I am getting even more cuddles than usual.
Thank you for all your good thoughts. We are feeling positive and I hope to be back to running around sometime in July. In the meantime, here are some photos of me that were taken on Sunday by our photographer friend, Mr. JLD: